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How Much Material Do I Need? Volume Calculator

Measure twice, cut once, is the old saying. Planning your project, including accurate measurements and product estimates, helps ensure a successful outcome. Give our experts a call! Use our volume calculator tool and references images to determine how much product you need. Any questions?



Measure your area’s length, width, and depth and enter it into our convenient calculator to find how much material you need for your project! Need assistance? Give us a call!

Calculating Material


1,728 cubic inches = 1 cubic foot
27 cubic feet = 1 cubic yard
7.5 cubic yards = 1 unit
One 5 gallon bucket = 0.67 cubic foot


144 square inches = 1 square foot
9 square feet = 1 square yard
43,560 square feet = 1 acre

How much area will a cubic yard cover at a given depth?

At 1/2″ deep, 640 square feet
At 1″ deep, 324 square feet
At 2″ deep, 162 square feet
At 3″ deep, 108 square feet
At 4″ deep, 81 square feet
At 6″ deep, 54 square feet
At 12″ deep, 27 square feet

Material weights

Please note weights can vary due to moisture content.
Bark Mulch: 500-800 lbs/cubic yard
Compost: 800-1,100 lbs/cubic yard
Soils: 1,300-2,000 lbs/cubic yard
Gravel: 2,000-2,500 lbs/cubic yard
Sand: 2,000-2,300 lbs/cubic yard


Volume of a Rectangle


Volume of a circle


Volume of a Triangle

Our estimate planning tools are provided for your reference and convenience. Highway Fuel is happy to help, please call us at 503-363-6444 or email for assistance.